Title: Varnished Without a Trace
Author: Misty Simon
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Page Count: 290
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Her number is up . . .
This Christmas, Tallie Graver would like to take a break from running her cleaning business to be with her boyfriend, Max, and enjoy their first
holiday together–alone. Instead, she’s stuck keeping her mother and grandmother from duking it out during the town’s annual Christmas Eve bingo game. As for festive spirit, she’ll have to settle for her mean-spirited Aunt Ronda, whose mouth could use some soap.
The night only gets worse after Tallie discovers Ronda’s body. It seems someone cleaned her clock with a can of varnish. While all the evidence points to Ronda’s husband, Tallie doesn’t
believe her beloved Uncle Hoagie could do such a dirty deed. Of course, his sudden
disappearance doesn’t help his case. If Tallie hopes to clear his name, she’ll need to dig up some dirt to locate the real killer. Otherwise, someone else could get rubbed out . . .
Varnished Without a Trace by Misty Simon is the fifth book in the cozy A Tallie Graver Mystery series. Each book in the series features it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so or in any order. Of course though there are details to the story and characters that carry over book to book so it’s always best to enjoy the series from the beginning.
The A Tallie Graver Mystery series introduced readers to Tallulah Graver who had never wanted to go into the family business of running the Graver Funeral Home. Instead Tallie chose to marry a wealthy man and was living rather well until her marriage fell apart. Tallie picked herself up after the divorce and moved into the apartment above the funeral home and found in order to avoid working full time in the family business and still pay her bills she started a business cleaning the homes of the same wealthy people that she once called friends.
Tallie’s plans of spending the holiday with her boyfriend and taking a break from her business don’t exactly go as planned when she gets roped into Christmas Eve bingo. Just when Tallie thought things couldn’t get any worse than overseeing the bingo madness with her crazy family the night takes a horrible turn when Tallie’s Aunt Ronda is found murdered. When the police begin to suspect Tallie’s Uncle of murder Tallie knows she’s got to find out what happened quick.
I have followed the A Tallie Graver Mystery series from the beginning and always enjoy coming back with each new book. This is another series that has that quirky, humorous vibe to it that I enjoy along with likable characters. Of course the mysteries are always fun to follow too with plenty of suspects along the way and this was yet another great addition to the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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